I'm Afraid of Americans

Feb 3, 2018 - Mar 3, 2018

Fiendish Plots

2130 Magnum Circle
Lincoln, NE 68522

Phone Number: (646) 247-3361
Contact: Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez
Website: https://fiendishplots.com/showing-now/1
Description:

I'M AFRAID OF AMERICANS
JENNY POLAK AND DREAD SCOTT

Curated by Risa Puleo
Feb 3rd - March 3rd, 2018

Fiendish Plots is proud to present an exhibition of work by New York-based artists Jenny Polak and Dread Scott. Using a range of mediums and variety of rhetorical structures, both Polak and Scott address the most pressing social problems of our time in an effort to engage audiences in a dialogue about their own political agency. Having been married for 25 years, the exhibition at Fiendish Plots puts Polak and Scott's work together so that audiences may engage in the daily dialogue between the two artists. 

The exhibition begins with a video made in collaboration by Polak and Scott, in which both artists' concerns are urgently palpable. Welcome to America, 2004, features footage from The Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. However, when children read the words of U.S.-American detention agents as they interrogate Muslim-Americans and immigrants from primarily Muslim countries in the wake of 9-11 the brutality of the original interaction is revealed. One side of Fiendish Plots' gallery space features work by Polak that examines her work about immigration and detention centers. Polak uses her background in architecture and her own immigration experiences, to think about how spaces and transformed into containers for holding people captive, and, conversely, how space can also open up possibilities of escape. On the other side of the gallery, Scott untangling and distilling deeply embedded oppressive structures in U.S.-American society into potent and powerful statements about the entanglement of capitalism with racism. The exhibition ends with new work created collaboratively between the artists while in the south of France in the summer of 2017, in which the artists worked together again to think through these same issues as they have developed in Europe. 

Event Type: Exhibition